Glades Road Caves
3.5 mile loop | moderate
This is a nice hike through the forest that follows an old roadbed
that was used for boot-legging long ago with multiple cavernous
exploration opportunities. The Cherokee Indians used these caves.
As you’re hiking along youwill notice side trails/old roadbeds. Stay to your
right and on the obvious trail. A mixed terrain can be expected. A small
spring flows through portions of the trail once you get closer to the caves,
but again, nothing too serious to navigate. Approximately 17-20 minutes
into your hike you will come upon another small brown trail sign that says
“loop” on it. Keep to your right here, you are approx. eight minutes from
the caves on your left and uphill. The first “cave” you come to is small but
very interesting to explore. Scoot underneath the overhang to get some
pretty cool views of how the rocks have slid into place over the years.
Take Horse Cove Road for 4.5 curvy miles down into the cove until you
come to a fork in the road. Turn right at fork on Bull Pen Road. Go 1 mile
and take Glades Road on the right. In 0.3 miles look for large, grassy
parking area on the left. Trailhead is approximately 50 ft. to the right of
the parking area.
Glen Falls and Trail
1.4 miles one way
easy down | difficult up
Glen Falls is a series of three beautiful cascades. The trail descends
some 700 feet and starts at the top of the falls. You can return after
seeing the first or second waterfall and still have an enjoyable walk.
Or go all the way to the third waterfall!
From the intersection of US 64 and Hwy 106 in Highlands, NC take Hwy
106 South for 2 miles. Turn left at sign for Glen Falls, then immediately
right onto gravel road. Take the road one mile to the parking area.
The Glen Falls trail continues in the same direction of the road. (The
trail to the right goes to Chinquapin Mountain, a 3.2 mile (round trip)
Highlands Biological Center
0.1 to 0.2 miles each trail | multiple trails | easy
The Highlands Botanical Gardens and Nature Center at the Biological
Station serves as a living museum of labeled native plant series.
Take the Lower Lake and Upper Lake Trails around Lindenwood Lake
to connect with Rhododendron Trail, or explore the gardens and loop
trails throughout the Garden. All trails range from 0.1 to 0.2 miles.
To ensure an enjoyable hike, we strongly recommend you
contact the US Forest Service at 828-526-3765. They have
additional information, maps and brochures. Please use
caution; although these trails, waterfalls, and scenic areas
are beautiful to see, they can be very dangerous.
Highlands Plateau Greenway
multiple trails | easy
The Greenway contains over five miles of sidewalks and natural trails
that are open and free to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. The
trails connect natural areas and historic sites in the town and provide
alternatewalking and jogging routes to shopping, educational offerings,
and civic destinations. Existing and proposed trails incorporate
botanical points of interest, historic sites, important birding areas, art,
scenic overlooks, and other areas of natural beauty. The Greenway is
intended for foot traffic only and its trails are rated as easy, moderate or
difficult to indicate health and fitness opportunities for all user levels.
See pages 9-11
1.6 miles one way | moderate
The Satulah Mountain Trail is a short hike along an old road bed to a
peak of 4543 ft. just south of Highlands. There is a 270° view to the
south, east and west. Views of the Piedmont, the Blue Valley and Rabun
Bald are excellent. The trail is a steady climb of about 400 ft. over a
distance of about half a mile one way.
Park your vehicle in downtown Highlands. Then walk along Hwy 28
South toward Walhalla for 0.2 miles until the road makes a sharp curve
to the right. Go straight ahead at the curve onto Satulah Road. Half a
mile up the road the road forks. Continue straight ahead on the left fork
to the end of the road, a distance of about 0.4 miles. The trail to Satulah
Mountain is the rocky old road bed to the right. Follow this road bed an
additional half a mile to the clearing at the top of the mountain.
2 miles one way | difficult
Take this moderate to difficult hike along the Bartram Trail to the top
of Scaly Mountain, marked by yellow blazes. The summit offers a
beautiful view of the Appalachians and Piedmont.
From Highlands drive south on NC 106 for 5.7 miles to the Osage
Mountain Vista parking area. The trail starts across the road from the
overlook. (This trail is not suitable for small children.)